BEAUTY SHOP FOR RENT is one of three books recommended in the Girls’ Life “Top 10” page in the current June/July Girls’ Life magazine. I’m so excited about this!!
And, as if that wasn’t enough, I received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly:
Beauty Shop for Rent: …fully equipped, inquire within
Laura Bowers. Harcourt, $17 (336p) ISBN 978-0-15-205764-0
Fourteen-year-old Abbey Garner, the star of Bowers’s debut novel, has lived with her great-grandmother Granny Po since her mother abandoned her three years earlier. Abbey believes the women in her family are cursed because, starting with Granny Po, each had a baby by age 17. (“Not only did the women in my family inherit overly fertile eggs, they each married men who were total, complete, and absolute duds.”) Abbey is determined to avoid the same fate; instead, she intends to become a millionaire by age 35. Working at her grandmother’s beauty shop and on her neighbor’s horse farm, Abbey is well on her way to her financial goal, yet she still hopes to be reunited with her mother. Then Gena Hopkins breezes into town and rents Granny Po’s beauty shop, transforming it into a posh day spa and giving Abbey a new job and an ambitious, entrepreneurial role model. … Teens will find Abbey’s emotional turmoil rings true, as does the reason behind her final act of forgiveness. But it’s the multigenerational friendships-the feisty, sniping conversations with Granny Po and her close circle of friends, “The Widows,” brim with humor-that make Bowers’s first novel a delight. Ages 12-up. (May)
Yay! But now, I need to crawl back into my little editing hole . . .
Have a great Thursday!